MAHATMA GANDHI [1869-1948] IN HIS OWN WORDS

  • Portrait_GandhiEQUALITY: There will never be real equality so long as one feels inferior or superior to the other. 
  • FASTING:  Of what use is it to force the flesh merely if the spirit refuses to cooperate? You may starve even unto death but if at the same time the mind continues to hanker after objects of the sense, your fast is a sham and a delusion. 
  • FRANKNESS: A “No” uttered from deepest conviction is better and greater than a “Yes” merely uttered to please, or what is worse, to avoid trouble. 
  • HEALTH: It is health which is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver. 
  • HOPE: When every hope is gone, “when helpers fail and comforts flee,” I find that help arrives somehow, from I know not where. Supplication, worship, prayer are no superstitions; they are acts more real than the acts of eating, drinking, sitting or walking. It is no exaggeration to say that they alone are real, all else is unreal. 
  • LEADERSHIP: A leader is useless when he acts against the promptings of his own conscience. 
  • MANNERS: All the education young men receive will be in vain if they do not learn good manners. 
  • NATION: I believe that a nation that is capable of limitless sacrifice is capable of rising to limitless heights. 
  • PEACE: Each one has to find his peace from within. And peace to be real must be unaffected by outside circumstances. 
  • PRAYER: Prayer is a confession of one’s own unworthiness and weakness. 
  • REASON: The golden rule is to test everything in the light of reason and experience, no matter from whom it comes. 
  • SACRIFICE: No sacrifice is worth the name unless it is a joy. Sacrifice and a long face go ill together. Sacrifice is “making sacred”. He must be a poor specimen of humanity who is in need of sympathy for his sacrifice. 

Source: Sr. Rosario S. Quito, ICM, THOUGHTS FOR REFLECTION, 1994.

Jakarta, 22 January 2014

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